Garden gnomes. Are they cute or whimsical or just a waste of space? I for one, think they are adorable and should grace any garden. They have been around for centuries some literature date them back to the 1600’s but they didn’t hit mainstream until German 1800’s.
Phillip Griebel popularized these mythical creatures in Germany back in the 1800’s by making sculptures out of terra cotta. Depending on the lore gnomes were either beneficial or mischievous in the garden. They are said to be active at night helping with garden chores and then turn back into stone with daylight.
Gnomes have move into mainstream media with commercials and Harry Potter series of books. Some neighbors have had their gnomes “kidnaped” and then postcards start showing up with them on their adventures. However, I would avoid taking your neighbors gnome – people have been arrested for theft.
Regardless, gnomes are a fun tradition that would grace any garden. Place them slightly hidden in the foliage so they are a fun surprise for garden visitors to see.